Somber crowd gathers to honor Texas firefighters

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Bradley Vass holds a fellow firefighter friends child , 8-month old Nolan Hurl, before the Firefighter's memorial procession Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Houston. As many as 40,000 people are expected to remember the four firefighters who died Friday, the deadliest day in the Houston Fire Department’s 118-year history. Killed in the fire when the motel structure collapsed were Capt. Matthew Renaud, 35, engineer operator Robert Bebee, 41, firefighter Robert Garner, 29, and Anne Sullivan, 24, a probationary firefighter who had graduated in April from the Houston Fire Department Academy. (AP Photo/Michael Stravato)

HOUSTON (AP) — The memorial for four Houston firefighters killed battling a hotel blaze ended with the mournful sound of bagpipes.

Thousands attended Wednesday's service at Reliant Stadium, where Gov. Rick Perry, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, family members and other firefighters spoke.

They remembered the victims as heroes who died fulfilling their dream and vowed to never forget their sacrifice.

The four who died on Friday when the structure collapsed were: 35-year-old Capt. Matthew Renaud; 41-year-old engineer operator Robert Bebee; 29-year-old firefighter Robert Garner; and 24-year-old rookie firefighter Anne Sullivan.

It was the deadliest day in the department's 118-year history.